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Qatar and Xavi find new ‘Clasico’

Qatar and Xavi find new ‘Clasico’

Xavi Hernandez played in 42 "El Clasicos" during his legendary career with Barcelona and on Thursday thousands of miles away from the Camp Nou, he took part in his "43rd". The former world player of the year's new team, Al-Sadd, took on Al-Rayyan in Doha in a league fixture which Qatar has re-branded the "Classico", as the World Cup 2022 hosts [...]

Opinion: What Qatar should do with all of its rainwater

Opinion: What Qatar should do with all of its rainwater

Wednesday’s rainstorm brought several areas of Qatar to a standstill, flooding some streets and rendering many roads impassable. As life returns to normal, three public policy experts at the Social and Economic Survey Research Institute (SESRI) at Qatar University suggest that the country stop treating rain as an enemy and instead make use of [...]

Global challenges highlighted at interactive Energy World Qatar (photos)

Global challenges highlighted at interactive Energy World Qatar (photos)

A Qatar exhibition that aims to get kids interested in science, technology, engineering and math is entering its final days at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center (DECC) in West Bay. Energy World, which is being supported by Shell, Qatar Petroleum and the Qatar Tourism Authority, is a maze-like exhibit that highlights the challenges we [...]

Qatar donations could be ‘difference between life & death’ for refugees

Qatar donations could be ‘difference between life & death’ for refugees

As the number of refugees in the region swells to record figures and cold weather begins to set in at camps across the Middle East, several Qatar charities have launched fundraising campaigns to help less-fortunate individuals endure the winter. In a recent statement, Qatar Charity CEO Yusuf Bin Ahmed Al Kuwari said the contributions of Qatar [...]

Qatar and Ukraine come to deliver Pechora-2D to ISIS

Qatar and Ukraine come to deliver Pechora-2D to ISIS

The fact that the ISIS infrastructure in Syria and Iraq is absolutely vulnerable to the airstrikes of the international coalition is undoubtful. During the last week only the Russian Air Force and Navy hit around 826 ISIS targets (training camps, munition and explosives plants, depots, oil refinery and transport objects) causing critical damage to [...]

Appeal against acquittal in deadly Qatar nursery case

Appeal against acquittal in deadly Qatar nursery case

Last month, the Court of Appeal overturned convictions of involuntary manslaughter over the 2012 fire in a shopping mall nursery in Doha. Among those acquitted was Sheikh Ali bin Jassim al-Thani, Qatar's ambassador to Belgium, who co-owned the nursery. A 2013 investigation had found that a series of safety laws had been broken. The fire [...]

Qatar slavery museum aims to address modern exploitation

Qatar slavery museum aims to address modern exploitation

Amid thatched ceilings and arched doorways in a traditional Qatari house in Doha, a projector beams a quote by Abraham Lincoln onto a wall: "If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong." The Bin Jelmood house in Doha is the first museum to focus on slavery in the Arab world, and it opens as the gas-rich Gulf monarchy faces accusations by rights [...]

Qatar can’t put together a World Cup football team? Here’s a simple solution

Qatar can’t put together a World Cup football team? Here’s a simple solution

Qatar has become a byword for a certain kind of extreme consumerism. When the Gulf state wanted UK influence it bought some of the most iconic buildings in London – the Shard and Harrods; to find a voice in the global media it created al-Jazeera; to transform Doha into a cultural hub it commissioned a star architect to build a vast [...]

Fresh doubts over Shell and BG merger as Qatar sells £1bn stake

Fresh doubts over Shell and BG merger as Qatar sells £1bn stake

The Qatar Investment Authority has offloaded shares in Shell and BG worth nearly £1bn in recent weeks, raising fresh questions over whether the oil­giants’ proposed mega-merger has the support of major shareholders. The sovereign wealth fund, led by Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohammed AlThani, a member of the Qatari royal family, has sold around [...]

Qatar buys Austrian palace from France

Qatar buys Austrian palace from France

The Qatar Embassy in Austria has bought a striking neoclassical palace in the center of Vienna from France, the French mission in Vienna has confirmed. The Palais Clam Gallas was sold “some days ago” to Qatar for an undisclosed sum, a spokesperson for the French Embassy in Austria told Doha News. Newswire AFP quotes media reports of a [...]

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